Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
I don't know who this is, but this invention looks interesting
I've seen things like that in the past and wondered about them for polo. Because of the electronics inside, the might behave the way AGS balls do, or not?
Someone try one of these things out.
i have used a blinky polo ball in the past but the worst part of it is you can see the ball but nothing else. riders riding in the dark with nothing to be seen on them its all about stadium lights.
AXLES OF EVIL
Picture this...glow polo!! black lights and each team wearing matching dayglo uniforms. mallets same color as uniforms ball, cones, hats, mallets wheels all light up by black lights
no dice nyc...MKE!
me thinks tron or like a polo rave bring out the disco ball. don't take my cheekiness wrong though I like it!
Glow polo happened at World's this year at the party court. Someone from the Calgary crew tied a bunch of glow sticks into a ball shape and we hit it around in near pitch darkness.
Near the end the glow sticks were breaking open and everyone's bikes and mallets were glowing bizarre colors.
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the tracers must be cool from the sidelines though!
We tried a blinky ball something like this last summer. It had some sort of motion sensor so that it went on when it was hit, and stayed on as long as it was hit often, but it would still go off from time to time. Most often it would go off when it went into a corner, which was really annoying cause then you couldn't find it at all. Ours wasn't a real hockey ball, more like a bouncy ball, which was even worse as it would take strange bounces and get lost and go off easier. We tried the lights on bikes too, but found the moving lights really distracting and in the dark they made depth perception kind of difficult. I fixed a light to my mallet head so that I could use it to look for the ball when it went off, but this was even more distracting as you had swinging lights all over the place... I'd try it again, as it was pretty fun, but I found that it was more silly than anything else as you couldn't really play all that hard without crashing a lot. The Dayglo might be a better way to go though...
I've been thinking about making something like this for a month or two, party due to the trouble we've had in Melbourne trying to find a well lit spot. I'm thinking of putting a microcontroller and accelerometer with a few leds and batteries inside a ball, encased in epoxy and foam, with the hope it will survive a game... The idea is that it would automatically turn on when it detects movement and stay on for a minute or two, so it doesn't get too lost.
I really should HTFU and build one...
Can anyone give me a url for the blinky polo ball?
What do you think about the Mylec Glow in the Dark Hockey Ball
We have one, but there is a little too soft (and without filling inside).
And glow? Hm, not really long. For a few seconds after we machined the ball
with halogen lamps.
Or the Golfball Twilight Tracer.
If you hit the ball -> flashing about 5 Minutes.
Ok maybe both are to small.
Or a dogball. Innerlight siliconrubberball.
You can change the batteries (but I don't know how)
Diameter Ø ca. 6,5 cm
I haven't used that ball yet, but most of my experiences with glow in the dark things, is that they glow a bit, after a quick charge from a bright light, but lose the glow rather quickly.
Now the nitelite golf balls, i do have some experience with. They are opaque, to diffuse the light, have a hole drilled through 'em to accept a mini glow stick and work like a champ. They glow like a freaking neon softball and make it damned hard to loss your ball, even deep in the rough on a moonless night.
Those are what i had i mind as i looked for polo balls. While normally we play with the franklin balls, the only thing close were some field hockey balls...Seems like only the euros still play with those, with the downside being a tad larger and a bit heavier...but I guess slowing the game down a bit would be ok at night...Here is the link...I ordered a couple a couple and extra glow sticks so hopefully I can give some real feed back after the weekend...
Anybody ever tried these out?
Anyone use this:
METEORLIGHT LED Dog Ball ($10.00)
The diameter is quite as the franklin ball (2.75-inch (7-cm))
METEORLIGHT: an ingenious LED ball that will light up your evenings!
Everyone loves balls, and the inventors of Flashflight are no exception. So they tinkered with
yet another classic toy and put an LED inside ... and the MeteorLight was born. Humans and canines
around the world are rejoicing because now they can play well into the night with this durable, shock-resistant, chomper-proof, light-up ball. Light up your inner child (and your dog's inner
puppy) - MeteorLight will show you how!
• 160 grams, 2.75-inch (7-cm) diameter (about the size of a tennis ball).
• Illuminated with a single LED that lights up the entire ball.
• Powered by two replaceable CR2016 batteries (included).
• Intended for both human AND canine use - fits perfectly in a Chuck-It!
• Simple button on/off switch with a built-in delay so Spot doesn't accidentally turn it off.
• Constructed using a plastic (polyurethane, actually) that is soft, flexible, durable, translucent, and perfect for all hand (and jaw) sizes.
• Available in four colors: red, green, blue, and Disc-o, the cool LED that changes colors every few seconds.
• Water-resistant (we recommend that you dry out the battery compartment just in case some water gets inside).
How is your conclusio/feed back about the TK MOONLIGHT FIELD HOCKEY BALL?
I'll respond for Bill since he's m.i.a. We used that ball one evening and it was super bright. Sadly it's also super heavy. You're better off dragging into a shot, rather than a quick punch. The mallet almost bounces off of it.
It did keep the game going through the twilight. Though things get too dangerous when it gets really dark.
We also tried this light-up ball: http://www.lightupandjuggle.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&c...
It is impossible to play with. It's made of soft rubber and sticks to the ground and mallet whenever you touch it.
where can I buy a blinky ball?